Academic Throwback With 2022’s First New Music “Don’t Take It Personally”
Irish band The Academic are back with their first single of 2022, “Don’t Take It Personally”. The song is available now through Capitol Records. “Don’t Take It Personally” arrives with live video, shot at a recent UK festival.
“Don’t Take It Personally” is the sound of a band that inherently knows how to hold its own in a melody. Friends for as long as they can collectively form memories as boys at school, there’s that classic gang mentality about this quartet honed by years of live performances from backyard halls and pubs. Ireland hall to the open fields of the festival circuit (via support slots for the Rolling Stones, Noel Gallagher and The Strokes).
Musically, the track doesn’t require too much description; a bold guitar track that best evokes the sound of primetime 2000s New York guitar bands, harnessed by vocalist Craig Fitzgerald’s shrill observations of human frailty and how it fuels desperate longing to be seen as anything but fragile. It packs a punch and demands your attention.
“Don’t Take It Personally” follows The Academic’s Community Spirit EP which saw the Mullinger quartet hone their talent to embody the excitement and trepidation found at the intersection between youth and life. adulthood, without an ounce of cynicism or pretension. Community Spirit’s songs are breathtaking anthems, accented with guitar hooks that immediately settle in the head of anyone who listens.
Watch the new music video here: